Edison Ehie, the representative for Ahoada East Constituency II in the Rivers State House of Assembly, has withdrawn the contempt proceedings suit against 25 of the 27 lawmakers who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In December 2023, Ehie, a key ally of Governor Siminalayi Fubara, then acting as speaker, declared the seats of the defected lawmakers vacant, triggering a political crisis.
Ehie, leading a group of four lawmakers loyal to Governor Fubara, had challenged the sittings and legislative activities of the defected lawmakers through a contempt proceedings suit at the Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt. However, following a peace deal brokered between Governor Fubara and his political rival, Nyesom Wike, Ehie resigned from his position in the House of Assembly. This unexpected turn of events prompted Mr. Ehie to discontinue and withdraw his legal action against the lawmakers, signifying a potential resolution to the ongoing political turmoil.
During the hearing of pending applications in court, Mac-Barango Esq, counsel to Edison Ehie, informed the court about a Notice of Discontinuance filed by his client. The defendant’s counsel did not contest this request, leading to the court striking out the case. This development suggests a step towards reconciliation and stability in Rivers State, with the withdrawal of the legal action marking a crucial moment in the broader political landscape of the region.